Marie-Hélène Bernard joined the St. Louis Symphony as President    and CEO on July 1, 2015 after serving over eight years as Executive Director and CEO of the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston, and closing her ninth (9th) season at the helm of H+H in June 2015.


Ms. Bernard has previously served as Chief of Staff, Project Manager, and Orchestra Manager for the Philadelphia Orchestra; Orchestra Manager for the Cleveland Orchestra, where she managed touring activities and worked with Music Directors Christoph von Dohnányi and Franz Welser-Möst; and President and CEO of the Canton (OH) Symphony Orchestra. She began her career in orchestra management in 1996, having won a prestigious fellowship with the League of American Orchestras with residencies at the New York Philharmonic and Minnesota Orchestra. 


A Québec native, she studied communications, media, and literature at Jean-de-Brébeuf College, law at the University of Montréal, and holds a Master’s degree in arts management from Concordia University (Montreal). Ms. Bernard practiced corporate, tax, and intellectual property law for six years in Canada and remains a member of the Québec Bar Association. Ms. Bernard plays viola da gamba and serves as President on the Board of Early Music America. 


During her tenure at the Handel and Haydn Society, Ms. Bernard led the organization through an important artistic and financial revival towards the celebration of its 200th anniversary in 2015. Under her leadership, H+H established itself as an essential educational provider and partner to youth and music educators in Massachusetts, and as a leader in early music in the nation, doubling its operational budgets and endowment, and overseeing the most ambitious capital campaign in the organization’s history.  




Christine Brewer

Grammy Award-winning American soprano Christine Brewer’s appearances in opera, concert, and recital are marked by her own unique timbre. Named one of the top 20 sopranos of all time (BBC Music), her range, golden tone, boundless power, and control make her a favorite of the stage and a highly sought-after recording artist, one who is “in her prime and sounding glorious” (Anthony Tommasini, New York Times.)


On the opera stage, Brewer is highly regarded for her striking portrayal of the title role in Strauss’s "Ariadne auf Naxos", which she has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, Opéra de Lyon, Théatre du Chatelet, Santa Fe Opera, English National Opera, and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. She will reprise the role of Ariadne with the Kentucky Opera in July 2017. She created the role of Sister Aloysius in the world premiere of Doug Cuomo’s opera "Doubt" with the Minnesota Opera in 2013, a role that was performed by Meryl Streep in the film version of the story.  She will reprise the role in August 2016 with the Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis.


On April 29, 2015, Christine Brewer joined 140 other notable celebrities receiving a bronze star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame. 


Upcoming engagements for 2017 include the role of Lady Billows in Benjamin Britten's opera "Albert Herring" with the Union Avenue Opera in July 2017.  She will teach and perform in the Miami Wagner Institute in July 2017, and will perform Alban Berg's "Seven Early Songs" with David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in October 2017.  

                                                                photo credit: Christian Steiner



Antonio Douthit-Boyd began his dance training at age 16 at the Center of Contemporary Arts under the direction of Lee Nolting and at the Alexandra School of Ballet. He also trained at North Carolina School of the Arts, the Joffrey Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet, and the Dance Theatre of Harlem School.


Mr. Douthit-Boyd became a member of Dance Theatre of Harlem in 1999 and appeared in featured roles in the ballets South African Suite, Dougla, Concerto in F, Return, and Dwight Rhoden’s Twist. He was promoted to soloist in 2003. He also performed with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 


In 2004 Mr. Douthit-Boyd join The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, he quickly climbed the ranks and became a principal dancer with critical acclaim worldwide.  He was featured in Men’s Health as one of the 50 Fittest Male Athletes in the World in 2014, and was the only Dancer listed.   Mr. Douthit-Boyd retired after twelve years with the company and is now the Co-Artistic Director of Dance at COCA (Center Of Creative Arts) in St. Louis, MO. 




Mike Isaacson is the third Artistic Director and Executive Producer in The Muny’s 99-year history.  The Riverfront Times has written that “Under the leadership of executive producer Mike Isaacson the quality of Muny productions rose like the proverbial phoenix.” After his first season, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch awarded him “Theatre Artist of the Year,” writing “staging one impressive production after another, he made The Muny simultaneously hip and – believe it – important to our community.” After his third season, KMOX radio said “The Muny has people talking again and buying tickets to see what all the fuss is about.”  Even with a historic four rain-outs, Isaacson’s fourth season saw attendance increase 6 percent and set new MUNY box office records.  Of the 28 shows Isaacson has produced at The Muny, 15 have been new to The Muny stage.  In a historic moment for St. Louis and the American musical theater, the Muny will celebrate 100 years in 2018.  




Carl Nappa is Executive Director for Nelly’s ex’treme Institute in St. Louis and has over 25 years of experience as a producer and recording engineer.


Mr. Nappa has been awarded over thirty Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum records as well as being Grammy and Aria nominated as an engineer, mixer, and producer. 


Some of Carl’s credits include Nelly, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, N’SYNC, John Mellencamp, Madonna, Boston, Ronny Jordan, Ice Cube, Limp Bizkit, NRBQ, RZA, The Moody Blues, Riley James, Blondie, Mike Peters, Spiritualized, Placido Domingo, Prince, Wyclef Jean, Nunno Bettencourt, En Vogue, Michael Bolton, RUN DMC, Brian McKnight, Pet Shop Boys, NAS, Sarah Brightman, JJ Grey and MOFRO, Nusrat Fatah Ali Kahn, Dr. John, Shelby Lyn, Danny Devito, Missy Elliot, Ghostface Killah, Barry Mann, Mc Lyte, Keith Sweat, David Bowie, Robin Trower, Luther Vandross, Extreme, Hillary Duff, Skid Row, R. Kelly, Helmet, Suze DeMarchi, Spookie Daly Pride, Murphy Lee, Chris Brown, Gypsy Collabo, Good Charlotte, St Lunatics & Violent Mae



Ken Page is a St. Louis native with a career spanning over forty years. He has worked in nearly all areas of the entertainment industry on two continents.  His stage credits are too numerous to list here but include the All-Black revival of GUYS AND DOLLS, the Original Broadway Casts of CATS and AIN’T MISBEHAVIN, London’s West End in CHILDREN OF EDEN and twenty years of roles at St. Louis’ own Muny.    Awards: New York Drama Desk Award, Theatre World Award, Kevin Kline Award and many other nominations.  His concert appearances include: Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, London Palladium,The Hollywood Bowl and Caeser’s Palace.  Motion Picture credits include: “Dreamgirls”, “Torch Song Trilogy” and voice characters in “All Dogs Go To Heaven” (King Gator), and the cult classic “Nightmare Before Christmas” (Mr. Ooggie Boogie). His television credits are numerous. He can be heard on 17 Original Cast and/or Soundtrack Recordings. Ken’ssolo concert “Page by Page” is available on CD.  Here in St. Louis he  wrote and directed CAFÉ CHANSON presented by Upstream Theatre and performed in the inaugural season of the GASLIGHT CABARET FESTIVAL. His new play with dance "SUBLIME INTIMACY" made it's world premier this December with Max & Louie Productions and he recently was seen in New York in a reading of the new stage musical adaptation of the animated film "THE PRINCE OF EGYPT" . Ken is the official " VOICE OF THE MUNY" 2015- 2017. He attended Fontbonne University and has an honorary BFA from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy of Los Angeles/New York.



Steven Woolf is Artistic Director of The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, where he has directed more than 40 productions, including this season’s A Christmas Carol and Constellations. He received his BA in theatre and MFA in directing from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and an honorary doctorate by the University of Missouri–St. Louis. He has directed all over the country, at theatres including Great Lakes Theatre Festival in Cleveland, Totem Pole Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Lakewood Musical Playhouse, Ivoryton and Cecilwood Theatres, Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia, StageWest in Springfield, Massachusetts, Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts, and Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre. He is one of the first recipients of Webster University’s Declaration of Merit. In 2011, he was awarded the Kevin Kline Award for Outstanding Direction for his work on The Rep’s production of Red, and his production of Awake and Sing! at The New Jewish Theatre tied with Red for the Kevin Kline Award for Best Production of a Play. He is thrilled to have been honored by the Arts and Education Council, which awarded him the St. Louis Arts Award for Individual Excellence in the Arts, and by the Missouri Citizens for the Arts which awarded The Rep its Arts Award for Advocacy, and he is pleased to be among the first recipients of “The Good Guy Award” given by the St. Louis Women’s Political Caucus. He serves as a panelist and an on-site evaluator for the theatre program for the National Endowment for the Arts and served on the advisory panel for the Regional Arts Commission and the ad hoc committees for program assistance and touring for the Missouri Arts Council. He served on the executive committee and the national negotiating committee for the League of Resident Theatres, as well as on the board of Missouri Citizens for the Arts, the board of the Kevin Kline Awards, and he was a trustee of the IATSE Local #6 health fund. He has been on the faculty of the Drama Division of The Juilliard School under John Houseman and is adjunct faculty at Webster University. 



2017 Semi-final Round Judges


  • Tali Allen  Pianist / Music Director / Director of Education, STAGES Performing Arts Academy

  • Lee Nolting  Dancer / Artistic Director emeritus of COCAdance

  • Paul Reuter  Executive Director, The Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries

  • Lara Teeter  Actor / Director / Choreographer  Head, Musical Theatre Program, Webster University 

  • Denise Thimes  Professional Singer & Recording Artist 


2017 Preliminary Round Judges

  • Gary Bell  Actor / Director / Artistic Director, Stray Dog Theatre
  • Adrienne Broyles  Singer / Ensemble Director, St. Louis Children's Choirs  
  • Gene Dobbs Bradford  Musician / Executive Director, Jazz St. Louis 
  • Phil Dunlap  Musician / Director of Education, Jazz St. Louis
  • Ron Gibbs  Actor / Director / Devlopment Officer, Webster University
  • Matthew R. Kerns  Executive Director, St Lou Fringe
  • Darlean King  Business Manager, Denise Thimes / Regional RN Admissions Coordinator, SSM Health at Home 
  • Donna Northcott  Founder and Artistic Director, St. Louis Shakespeare / Costume Designer and Professor, Lindenwood University
  • Larry Pry  Pianist / Singer / Music Director
  • Ed Reggi  Actor / Comedian / Emcee / Theatre Instructor, COCA  
  • Ashley Tate  Dancer / Choreographer / Artistic Director, Ashleyliane Dance Co. 
  • Zoe Vonder Haar  Actress / Singer / Dancer / Choreographer

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